Rushcliffe School is re-accredited as World Class
Only 16 schools in the country have been re-accredited as World Class, as part of the WCSQM inaugural re-accreditation programme, and Rushcliffe School is one of them!
In comparison to the national inspection regime, WCSQM assesses the students not the school, and World Class Schools have to re-accredit every two years, to retain their status. The assessment is therefore up to date, and relies on current, fresh, and robust evidence. Schools that have achieved reaccreditationhave been supporting their students to develop into World Class young people year on year, over a sustained period of time.
The re-accreditation process is challenging. In order to qualify for re-accreditation schools must have retained their ‘outstanding’ Ofsted judgement. Students have to work collaboratively with a partner World Class school, to prove to their partner students how their own school has supported them to retain their World Class credentials. The assessment framework is composed of skills and competencies that students need, to be World Class citizens in a dynamic global economy.
Through working in partnerships, students develop their networking skills and become part of a World Class student alumni association which provides them with supportive, professional and potentially enduring relationships.
Out of the 18 schools which were awarded the Mark from this tranche, only 16 have achieved reaccreditation. In total, WCSQM is a network of over 60 non-selective state secondary and special schools, with 30 new non-selective state primary, secondary and special schools applying for the Mark this year.
The re-accrediting schools received their award at the WCSQM Symposium event in the summer, at which they were treated to a keynote talk from Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry CBE.
‘At WCSQM we want to give World Class students at non-selective state schools what they deserve – World Class opportunities. We want our students to get the chance to partner and network with their peers from other World Class schools, so they become, collectively, a force to be reckoned with,’ Miranda Perry, Director, WCSQM.
British Council International School Award success for Rushcliffe!
Rushcliffe school has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.
The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life work in today’s world.
Rushcliffe’s international work includes partnerships and visits with linked schools in France, Spain ,Nepal and China , fund raising and sponsorship of school children in Guatemala in collaboration with a local Charity ‘Education for the children’ , whole school fundraising and creating international awareness re the plight of world refuges and the work of the International Rescue committee, as well as the introduction of Mandarin with live video links to China and close collaboration with the Confucius institute at the University of Nottingham.
On hearing the news that Rushcliffe had received the award Mr S. Lewis, Executive Head teacher, said ” We are delighted to be recognised for our work connecting our pupils with communities throughout the world. We celebrate diversity and a hunger for knowledge about different cultures. Our pupils are enriched by their connections with people who have very different life experiences This enables them to reflect on the world we live in and the opportunities and responsibilities they have as citizens in an ever more interconnected world.”
Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said: ‘The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms. Embedding an international dimension in children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful lives and careers in an increasingly global economy.’
Owl Experience at Rushcliffe
Bob Morley from Risley recently visited the school with three of his owls. Over 50 pupils took part in the owl experience where Bob talked about each bird, it’s habitat and it’s characteristics. He also allowed the birds to fly free in the sports hall.
The pupils were fascinated and most students were given the opportunity to catch them and hold them. It was lovely to see our less confident pupils taking part.
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An exciting new Partnership between Trent Academies Group and Spencer Academies Trust
Chair – TAG
When Phil Crompton, our current CEO, made the decision to retire, the Board determined that the best way to build on the legacy of TAG was to add more capacity to the Trust. We wanted to find a partner, who had the same values, ethos and commitment to excellence as TAG. In Spencer Academies Trust (SAT), we believe we have found not only that, but also a Trust that has huge ambitions for its future. It has undergone significant change itself over the past 18 months to ensure that it remains one of the leading Trusts in the region.
All schools in the group will have a valuable role to play and the support of SAT, with a track record of high standards and performance improvement, will ensure that we too build on the current strengths of Arnold Hill and Farnborough Academies. Rushcliffe particularly will have a key role to play across the enlarged group.
I would like to again thank Phil Crompton for his continued commitment to TAG. He will remain in role until his retirement at the end of the summer term. Paul West, the current CEO of SAT, will take on an advisory supporting role during this period.
We look forward to concluding the formalities over the next few months and anticipate that the full merger will take place on the 1st Sept 2018 when Paul West will become the CEO of the enlarged Trust.
I look forward to an exciting new future for both our students and employees.
The press release on the merger of The Spencer Academies Trust and Trent Academies Group can be found here:'Spencer Academies Trust and Trent Academies Group agree partnership'
A copy of the letter sent to Rushcliffe parents today can be found here.